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10/16/14 – 11:47 A.M.

No injuries were reported following a crash involving a school bus in Hancock County today. The Findlay Police Department says the accident happened on County Road 99 around 9:15 a.m.

The bus was stopped at the intersection with Speedway Drive when it was hit by an SUV driven by 50-year-old Gary Ernest of Portage, Michigan.

There were only two students on board at the time of the crash. Ernest was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.


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10/16/14 – 6:58 A.M.

The Carey Volunteer Fire Department will upgrade its training capabilities soon. The Courier reports the department is trying to raise money to build a two-story training tower. The new facility would include a “burn room” for firefighters to practice working in smoky conditions.

Fire Chief Chad Snyder says it’s getting harder to find places to train. Snyder says that it’s expensive to practice with abandoned buildings because asbestos and lead paint have to be removed first.

A training tower from Sun Prarie, Wisconsin will cost the department $110,000. A fundraiser to help pay for the building will be held October 25, when the department hosts an Italian dinner at Our Lady of Consolation Shrine Cafeteria. Tickets are $25 each.

MORE: The Courier

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10/16/14 – 6:38 A.M.

A Tiffin man accused of killing another man in a fight will be evaluated to determine his competency. The Review-Times reports the evaluation was ordered after 49-year-old Keith Hook pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Hook is accused of killing 55-year-old Dean Mathias on September 23.

The evaluation will take place at Court Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Toledo.

Hook faces up to three years in prison if he is convicted.

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10/16/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Arcadia kids will have a safer walk to school thanks to a grant. The Courier reports the village has received a Safe Route to School grant worth $195,000. The money will allow Arcadia to build new sidewalks near the school. It will also pay to move a crosswalk near Ambrose Road closer to the school. Currently, the crosswalk is in front of a gas station.

The upgrades won’t cost the village anything, unless the work exceeds $195,000.

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10/16/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Election previews continue today with a look at another school levy voters will see on the ballot in just under three weeks.

Liberty-Benton is hoping the third time is the charm for a “yes” vote on a levy to build a new kindergarten through eighth-grade school building.

Audio: Jim Knable

Superintendent Jim Kanable said this levy is a result of meetings asking voters what they’d like to see. Kanable said community members specifically requested less tax on property, hence this year’s combination property and income tax.

Audio: Jim Knable

This levy attempt is a combination of property and income tax, along with 47 percent assistance from the state to cover the cost of the new building.

The new building would be built on County Road 9 next to the high school.

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10/16/14 – 5:17 A.M.

A fire damaged a Fostoria home Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called to 646 Broadway Street a little before 11 a.m. to battle the flames. The fire department reports the blaze was started by a candle in a bedroom where a boy and a girl were sleeping. The boy woke up to discover the smoke and flames, and grabbed the girl to help her to safety. Both were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Most of the fire damage was contained to the bedroom, but there was smoke damage throughout the house.

The Red Cross is assisting an adult and three children with clothing and food.

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10/16/14 – 5:08 A.M.

Findlay home and business owners aren’t taking advantage of a tax deferment program. The Courier reports Hancock Regional Planning Commission director Matt Cordonnier addressed the issue during a commission meeting Wednesday. Cordonnier says the deferment plan covers people who have made improvements to their property in 2014.

The tax break is available because Findlay’s Community Reinvestment area was expanded to cover the whole city this year. Homeowners who invested at least $2,500 into an improvement project are eligible. The older the home that was renovated, the longer the exemption lasts.

The deadline to apply for the break is December 15. For more information call (419)420-4774.

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10/16/14 – 4:57 A.M.

A Findlay police officer was involved in a crash while on duty earlier this week. The police department reports the accident happened in the 300 block of East Main Cross Street.

Officer Ryan Parsons was driving east when he went off the road and hit a power pole. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for medical treatment. It’s believed a medical episode caused the accident.

The crash remains under investigation.


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10/15/14 – 5:18 A.M.

A Fostoria woman was injured in a hit-and-run accident in northern Hancock County Tuesday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened around 3:15 p.m. on State Route 613.

35-year-old Tanya Waltermyer was driving west on Route 613 when she was hit by a black pickup truck that ran a stop sign on Cass Township Road 232. The driver of the truck took off to the north. A short time later the truck was found in Bloomdale.

Jeffery Minard was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign and leaving the scene of an accident. Waltermyer was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.


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10/15/14 – 5:11 A.M.

A Findlay man is accused of assaulting two sheriff’s deputies. The Hancock County grand jury handed up an indictment against 24-year-old Andrew Huffman Tuesday. Huffman allegedly attacked Deputy Shane Leeth and Deputy Thomas Miller.

The incident happened last Thursday in Amanda Township.

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